How Google+ Blocks Spam

Jan 29, 2013 • 8:15 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google+ logoThe other day, I posted a marketing message on one of my Google+ company accounts for a product I own named ShulCloud (basically a synagogue management software product). The message was about some updates we made to the front end of the web site.

Google+ blocked it immediately, citing it was in violation of their policies. It was clearly an algorithm that blocked it, because it was blocked as soon as I posted it. The message read, "This post violates our policies; it's own visibile to you." Here is a screen shot:

Google+ Violation

I was a bit surprised Google would block it being that this is a commercial page and heck, Google is constantly promoting their own stuff on their commercial Google+ pages. It is not like I posted it with notifications by email. Just a basic public post.

So hovered over the question mark and read all about Google+'s content policies. I then decided to submit this for careful review and now I am still waiting, about 15 hours later. The message now read "this post is under review; it's visible only to you."

First time I've seen this.

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Boom Online

01/29/2013 04:25 pm

Too many links to the same site in one post maybe? Can't spot anything in the post text that would be a problem.

Takeshi Young

01/29/2013 04:30 pm

Too many links, perhaps.

Andrea Sala

01/29/2013 04:41 pm

I got the same message and I thought just like you said. Why on earth one cannot share its own stuff with its circles. I mean, when one does it not with spammy purposes...

Lisa Agostoni

01/30/2013 03:24 pm

Interesting that the link to their 'promotion & contest policy' throws a 404 error. Doh!


01/30/2013 03:30 pm

That software is hilarious. CMS for synagogues lolz :)

Barry Schwartz

01/30/2013 03:33 pm

Why is it funny?

Jimmy Maddox

01/30/2013 04:25 pm

i dont use Google + there are too many bugs and yes, Google is so hypocritical.


01/31/2013 09:11 am

In the footer, I found rustybrick link there. Is this your site Barry?

Barry Schwartz

01/31/2013 10:43 am

Is that a joke?

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